JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The attorney for Congresswoman Corrine Brown attacked federal prosecutors and the Department of Justice, moments after the congresswoman appeared in court for the first time on 22 counts of fraud, false statements, and conspiracy.
Elizabeth White spoke to reporters just after the hearing, blasting the prosecution of Brown as a waste of resources and even accusing the government of using resources that should could have been used to stop the deadly Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
“Perhaps had it chosen to devote its resources more thoughtfully, 50 innocent people would be alive today.” White said.
White accused the government of leaking information to the media while withholding it from Brown's team until a couple of days ago. She also said prosecutors refused a request to delay Friday's hearing to next week when Congress will not be in session.
“The government’s unreasonable demand not only interfered with her duties as a legislator, but it also needlessly deprived the 700,000 plus citizens in her a district a vote.” White said.
“Congresswoman Brown is the subject of an indictment today, but in reality, she has endured a one-sided inquisition in the court of public opinion for over one year.”
Brown herself said the prosecution is racially motivated and that she looks forward to telling her side of the story.
"I am looking forward to my day in court to vindicate myself." Rep. Brown said.